17 November 2013

Mix, Pair, Share & Christmas Tree Book Reports

I am so in Christmas mode.  I know Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet, but I just have Christmas on the brain!!!   If you have not signed up for my Christmas Giveaway  be sure to do it!!  You don't want to miss out on all the awesome prizes.  Click the picture to be link to the Rafflecopter to enter!!!

I also wanted to share with you a fun Christmas craftivity that I just finished.  My Christmas Tree Book Reports are going to be a big hit with my class.  They loved doing the Pumpkin book reports, so I know that they will like the Christmas version.  I know many of my followers also commented how they loved using the Pumpkin Reports in their class, so be sure to check out the Christmas Tree version.   I can't wait to get these reports started.  I am going to let the students pick their favorite Christmas book and write a report on it!!!   Click on the picture below to be taken to my TpT store to check it out.

On a different note:  Do any you ever play the game Mix, Pair, Share?  I am not really sure what the official rules are for this game, but a long time ago {a really long time ago} I saw a teacher playing this game with her class.  Well, I have adopted this game and love it.  I always use it to review right before a test.  I pass out sticky notes to each student.  I tell them that they have to pretend that they are the teacher and think of a question that a teacher might would put on the test.   I love having the kids to come up with their own questions.  It is great practice for them to ask questions to one another.  It opens up a door for better understanding.  After everyone has their questions ready to go I have them stand up. I say, "MIX" and the class starts walking around the room with their sticky note questions and their Math Learning Logs.   After a few seconds of doing this I then say, "PAIR".  The student pairs up with the person closest to them.  Then I say, "Share".  They ask each other their questions and solve the problem in their Math Learning Log.  Then they share with each other how they came to the conclusion of their answer.   After having time to complete the task.  Then then round starts all over again, but this time they must pair with someone new.   My class loves playing this game.  I think it is because first of all they are getting to write on  a sticky note and let's face it who does not like sticky notes.  I also think they love this game because they are in charge of all the questioning and sharing going on.  I am just a facilitator.   I have come to realize that kids like it when they "THINK" they are in charge.  So  if you looking of a quick and fun game to play maybe next time remember Mix, Pair, & Share.  If you have a different version of how to play this game I would love to hear about it.

As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!  I can't wait to hear from you.  I {heart} comments and followers!!!


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